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Girls secure second at Monte, PCM, third at BGM (Hometown Press article)

posted Apr 27, 2017, 7:24 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org

Girls secure second at Monte, PCM, third at BGM

The L-S girls came up short to host Montezuma but beat the other four teams in attendance at the Lew Lundy Relays on Tuesday, Apr. 18. L-S had 153 points, 11 points shy of Montezuma. The Hawks scored points in all 19 events and won six of them.

“Tonight’s competition was all 1A schools, so we wanted to get out and score as many points as possible while continuing to improve performances,” said head coach Darin Arkema.

In individual running events, the team had 14 different girls place in the top six. Senior Brenna Lanser claimed the 100-m dash in 13.31 and placed second in the 200-m dash in 28.05.

“It was a really nice night to get out and compete. I thought that we ran really well, and most relays improved on their times,” said Lanser.

In the 400-m dash, freshman Mallory Loftus finished second with a time of 1:05.97, and junior Hailey Scandridge earned fifth in 1:14.67.

In the 100-m hurdles, juniors Mariah Vos and Camryn Russell earned first and second place, with times of 17.17 and 17.37. Vos also placed first (1:10.68) and freshman Abby Gruver secured third (1:16.22) in the 400-m hurdles.

Junior Haley Breeden earned fourth in 2:52.49 in the 800-m run, and freshman Kennedy Roland was just behind in fifth (2:54.47).

Sophomore Makayla Rozendaal and junior Christine Nikkel placed fourth and sixth in the 1500-m run, in 5:55.77 and 6:10.79, respectively. Rozendaal and Nikkel also finished well in the 3,000-m run, earning third and fourth with times of 12:59.56 and 13:26.80.

In field events, Loftus placed first in the high jump with a jump of 4’8”, and in the long jump, Scandridge placed sixth with a jump of 13’0.5”. Senior Jelissa Rozendaal earned second in the shot put with a throw of 30’10”, and junior Lydia Akergren placed fourth, throwing 28’2”. In the discus, Jelissa Rozendaal and freshman Janelle Rozendaal got fourth and fifth with throws of 83’5” and 78’11”, respectively.

In the relay events, freshman Kaleah Ehresman, Akergren, senior Makenzy Rozendaal, and Lanser placed first in the 4x200 in 1:54.61. Another first-place finish came from the shuttle hurdle team of Vos, Russell, Loftus, and Gruver in 1:13. 03.

In the 4x400, Loftus, Scandridge, Gruver, and Vos got second with a time of 4:33.75.

Junior Hailey Scandridge runs her way to fifth in Monte’s open 400-m.

The 4x100 relay with Ehresman, Makenzy R., Russell, and Lanser placed third in 54.63. In the thrower’s 4x100 relay, junior Madison Johnson, Jelissa R., Janelle R., and Akergren earned first with a time of 1:00.35.

Roland, Breeden, sophomore Emily Van Gorp, and freshman Ashton Thompson earned third in the 4x800 in 11:48.25.

The distance medley team of sophomores Kaylee Maasdam and Shaleah Van Wyk, Thompson, and Van Gorp placed fifth with a time of 5:26.60. In the sprint medley relay, freshman Brittany Hansen, Johnson, Maasdam, and Van Wyk placed sixth in 2:19.50.

BGM Bear Classic

The Hawks were back in action on Friday at the BGM Bear Classic Relays and took third out of seven teams with 91 points. BGM won their own meet with 148.5 points.

“I was proud of how [the Hawks] came out and competed tonight despite windy and cool conditions and again facing some strong competition and a number of conference teams,” L-S Coach Arkema said.

Makayla R. and junior Christine Nikkel both raced really strong to finish first and third, respectively, in the 3,000-m, with both recording season bests: 12:36.07 and 13:25.8.

Gruver and Thompson ran a speedy race in the 400-m hurdles, going one and two respectively in 1:16.79 and 1:18.37.

The 4x200 team (Akergren, Makenzy R., Russell, Lanser) brought home first in one of their faster times of the year, 1:54.47. Those same girls also won the 4x100 with their fastest time of the season, 53.86.

In other relay events, the shuttle hurdle team (Russell, Loftus, Gruver, Maasdam) grabbed third in 1:15:33. Fifth-place finishes went to the 4x800 (Breeden, Van Gorp, Scandridge, Van Wyk) in 12:51.64, the sprint medley (Ehresman, Thompson, Gruver, Loftus) in 2:05.79, and the distance medley (Hansen, Thompson, Van Gorp, Roland) in 5:15.63.

In the field events, Janelle R. and Jelissa R. finished fourth and sixth respectively in the discus with throws of 79’10” (season best) and 73’11”. Jelissa R. also fared well in the shot put, placing third with her best throw of the year, 31’6.5”. Another third-place finish went to Loftus in the high jump after she cleared 4’8”.

In other individual events, Ehresman claimed fourth in the 100-m dash in 14.80. Gruver ran a 19.17 in the 100-m hurdles for fifth. Sixth-place finishes went to Van Wyk in the 400-m dash with a time of 1:16.17 and Makayla R. in the 800-m in 2:59.81.

PCM Meet

Coming off a whirlwind few days, including a track meet on Friday and prom on Saturday into Sunday, the L-S girls had to put forth extra focus and efforts at PCM on Monday.

“Minds and bodies I’m sure were a little tired, and we were without three girls, but I didn’t hear excuses during the night,” Arkema said. “From start to finish, they put together another solid performance, maybe one of our best of the season.”

In a field of seven, L-S came within a few points of meet champion BGM, finishing in second with 132 points to the Bears’ 137.

Loftus helped start things off on a good note by winning the high jump with a new personal record of 4’10”. A short time later, she anchored the sprint medley to victory with teammates Ehresman, Makenzy R., and Lanser. They finished in 2:03.94.

Loftus later combined with Lanser, Gruver, and Rusell for a second-place finish and new school record in the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:11.85. In her fourth event of the night, Loftus claimed second in the 400-m dash in 1:06.76, concluding a big night for the freshman.

The only other individual event the Hawks won on Monday was the 400-m hurdles, where Gruver and Thompson went one and two respectively with times of 1:12.75 (personal record) and 1:18.87. In the 100-m hurdles, Russell crossed the finish line in 17 seconds flat for second place.

The Hawks were well represented in the 800-m run with Breeden and Van Gorp taking second and third respectively in 2:50.78 and 2:51.12. A third-place finish also went to Nikkel in the 3000-m in 13:19.86 (personal best). In the 100-m dash, Ehresman and Makenzy R. finished fourth (13.84) and sixth (13.93).

After the 3,000-m, Nikkel went on to anchor the distance medley. She and teammates Hansen, Maasdam, and Scandridge finished third in 5:14.28.

The 4x100 team members (Ehresman, Makenzy R., Russell, and Lanser) finished their race in 53.96 for second place. Russell, Makenzy R., and Lanser later joined up with Gruver for the 4x200, taking third in 1:56.31. Another third-place finish went to the 4x800 team (Breeden, Roland, Van Gorp, Thompson) in 11:58.18. The 4x400 team (Thompson, Scandridge, Breeden, Van Wyk) put up a time of 4:53.50 for fouth.

Jelissa R. was the only L-S girl to place in the field events, taking fourth in the shot put with a throw of 30’9”.

“All throughout the night, girls were turning in solid performances, and at the end of the night had to feel a little confidence boost knowing they weren’t fully rested and still able to perform like that,” Arkema said.

The girls had a few days to recover before competing at Pella High this Thursday. Their conference meet is next Tuesday at Iowa Valley.

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